Mead High grad crowned Miss Rodeo America in Las Vegas

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2015 Mead High School graduate Hailey Frederiksen was a big winner in Las Vegas earlier this month, taking the crown as Miss Rodeo America 2022.

Frederiksen is the 66th woman to wear the Miss Rodeo America crown and the sixth woman from Colorado, said Jeana Linton, executive director of Miss Rodeo America.

Colorado-born Mead High School graduate Hailey Frederiksen of Wellington was recently crowned Miss Rodeo America. (Courtesy photo)

Miss Rodeo America is an annual competition that selects a woman to be the official spokesperson for the sport of professional rodeo. Miss Rodeo America symbolizes the nation’s youth who want to continue promoting agriculture, professional rodeo, and the great western way of life, Linton said.

“She is the ideal agronomist young American who embodies professionalism, speaks intelligently, has integrity, good character, knowledge, and grace,” Linton wrote in an email.

Thirty-one contestants entered the eight-day competition at the South Point Hotel and were judged in three main categories: Personality, Appearance, and Equestrian Art. Linton said candidates will be judged on stage and in private interviews.

The 24-year-old from Wellington, who was crowned on Sunday, received the publication award and received the highest total number of points. Frederiksen also received the Zona Vig Digital Scrapbook Award, which she received after creating a scrapbook commemorating her year as Miss Rodeo Colorado, a title she held for two years.

“I am proud to bring the crown back to Colorado,” said Frederiksen. “It’s been a while, since 2001 to be precise. So I’m very excited to bring the Black Hills Gold Crown of Shore Power back to the Centennial State. “

Miss Rodeo America will also be the official representative of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, according to a press release. Frederiksen will travel approximately 150,000 miles and perform in approximately 100 rodeo performances. She will also perform at schools, civic groups and other special events.

“It will promote western culture and way of life by educating the general public on issues such as ranching and agricultural heritage, agriculture and rodeo,” Linton wrote in an email.

The duties of the official representative include spokespersons for the cowboys and cowgirls of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, answering questions, and maintaining and promoting the sport, Frederiksen said.

“I want to make sure that I not only educate and promote the PRCA and farming in the western lifestyle, but that people get involved,” said Frederiksen. “And I want people to fall in love with it like I did.”

Linton said another achievement of his work as Miss Rodeo America and official representative of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association was providing educational opportunities for young women.

The Miss Rodeo America crown and title are accompanied by more than $ 20,000 in educational scholarships and awards, including Wrangler jeans and shirts, Montana Silversmiths jewelry, and Justin boots, according to a press release.

Frederiksen received her BA in Animal Science with a minor in Agriculture from Colorado State University. After Miss Rodeo America, Frederiksen said she plans to earn a masters degree in agricultural communications and pursue a career in marketing to keep the western lifestyle prevalent.

“I hope to land my future dream career through this position at some point,” said Frederiksen. “I’ll say Miss Rodeo America has always been my dream job and it’s a job, but I can’t wait for the opportunities after that.”